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Saunders offered mega-money deal to split from Warren

Talk in Vegas last week suggest Saunders is ready to move on.

By Aaron Cooper   - @IntuBoxing

IntuBoxing.com has learned that current WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion, Billy-Joe Saunders could be off to pastures new ... promotionally that is. 

Under the stewardship of Warren, Saunders has claimed world titles are two weights and seen off the likes of Chris Eubank Jr, Andy Lee and of course,his standout win over David Lemiuex in Canada in December 2017. Saunders was on the verge of fighting then middleweight king, Gennady Golovkin in August of last year. The Englishman had put pen to paper to fight 'GGG' at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Only to see Golovkin elect to pass up the opportunity in favour of the more lucrative rematch with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. A fight which he ultimately lost. 

However, it now seems that Saunders is looking to switch to an alternative promotional powerhouse. The news circling Las Vegas over the Manny Pacquaio vs Keith Thurman fight week suggest that Saunders has been offered an eight-figure sum (Thought to be around $£30m) to change promotional companies. An announcement on the matter is thought to be made within the week. 

Now I know what you're all thinking ladies and gentleman! Who would he sign with?

The issue with modern day boxing is that we are now in the era of apps and TV Networks. Both of which produce a huge roadblock in a lot of big fights being made. Warren's alignment with Top Rank's Bob Arum was a smart business choice. But with Arum's only super-middleweight champion moving up to light-heavyweight, and Saunders subsequently picking up that vacant title last time out. It leaves Saunders options limited should he stay put. 

Matchroom Boxing is where the current WBA Super Middleweight Champion, Callum Smith plies his trade. An offer of a fight between the two was made by Warren, only for Smith's trainer, Joe Gallagher to turn that fight down. Matchroom's links with DAZN could provide eventual fights with Canelo, Golvokin, Daniel Jacobs or even a fight with Demetrius 'Boo-Boo' Andrade. Saunders was, of course, slated to fight Andrade in Boston for the WBO World Middleweight crown last October. Only for Saunders to test positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, after a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test. Saunders was denied a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, and went on to vacate his title. 

Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions is another viable option. IBF World Champion, Caleb Plant and David Benavidez and Anthony Dirrell, who will contest for the WBC World title are either advised by, or promoted by the boxing mogul. PBC's new deal with both Fox and Showtime has deepened the promotional pockets and Saunders would no doubt be a welcome addition. 

IntuBoxing.com will keep you updated on the situation as and when it happens